Lindsay + Brandon = Married!

All of the weddings I photograph are very special to me, but this one has a special place in my heart because the bride and groom are family to me. Lindsay is my cousin-in-law (or CIL, as we call each other) and I was so honored when she asked me to photograph her and Brandon’s wedding in Utah. I’ve mentioned it several times on here, but I really got lucky when I married Chris. Not only because he’s amazing, but because his family is absolutely wonderful, and now they’re my family, too! I didn’t get to actually meet Lindsay in person until after Chris and I were already married, but I adored her instantly. And I didn’t meet Brandon until a couple of days before the wedding, but he’s the perfect match for Lindsay in every way possible and I’m so happy they found each other.

Their wedding was absolutely beautiful and it warms my heart that I was able to play a small part in it. And, because Lindsay loves me, she hired another photographer, the lovely Kayleen T., to cover the reception so that I could pack my gear up, put on a party dress, and dance the rest of the night away. It was the best of both worlds, really!

So, here’s the story of my CIL’s wedding, as seen through my eyes. Hope you enjoy!

The day started off at the salon, so Lindsay could get her hair did. The lovely lady in green is Lindsay’s mom, or Pretty Aunt Lori, as the kids call her. I luff her very much!

Karlie, my other CIL, was also there. She is the bees knees and I feel like I’m laughing every time she’s around. I luff her very much, too!

Lori had a very sweet gift for Lindsay, and made sure to give it to her before her makeup was done, which was very smart because we were all crying when she opened it.

When Lindsay asked me to shoot her wedding I was of course very excited, but when she sent me a picture of what her dress would look like, that was the moment I could hardly wait to get to Utah.    It. Is. Amazing.

Lindsay was supposed to have Bridal portraits done with Kayleen a few weeks before the wedding, but her dress wasn’t ready in time so we headed over to the gorgeous venue, Log Haven, early to get a few.  When I was shooting these photos I thought I had probably died and gone to heaven. The light, the location, Lindsay, that dress, THOSE RUFFLES! I mean, seriously!

I asked Lindsay to give me some movement with her dress and she gave me her very best Flamenco dancer impression. LOVE IT.

This shot on the left is just one small reason why I adore this girl.

It was finally time for the first look and I met with a nervous and excited Brandon who was looking super sharp and ready to see his bride!

If I could shoot at just one place for the rest of my life, I think it would have to be the mountains of Utah in the Fall. Holy cow.

I helped stuff these little boxes with licorice, so I just had to post a photo of them! Karlee made the cute little love bird tags.

Congratulations, Lindsay and Brandon! I love you guys so much!

  • Kristen Lebel - amazing, in love with her dress too!

  • Megan Welker - OH. MY. GAWD. Those portraits are insanely gorgeous! Such beauty here Heidi!!

  • Kelly Mendoza - What a gorgeous wedding and OH BOY that dress……

  • Courtney Brandt - The peacock feather is such a brilliant touch! I love it!

    Fantastic job as always, Heidi!!

  • janetha - LOVE this post! Linds you are gorgeous!!

  • Maren - Oh my goodness, these are beautiful photos! You captured the day so sweetly and perfectly – I wish I could have been there (I am also one of the cousins – I don’t think we have met yet). Great job!

  • Tracy - The love you have of your family just oozes from your photos + your writing.

    AND HELLO! I could LIVE in that dress.

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